Following back-to-back losses to the Boston Celtics, with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combining for 117 points over the miniseries and dashing most of the better vibes from the prior five games, Mark and Caitlin reconvened to discuss what changed for the Pacers tactically and qualitatively once the team got healthy.
- Missing the Replacement Pacers
- Myles Turner not playing in the fourth quarter and overtime of Monday’s game and then leading the team in scoring and shot attempts on Wednesday
- Why Boston (mostly) stopped double-teaming the post on the catch and the math problem that was getting outscored by 33 points from three
- Can the Pacers surround Ben Simmons with shooters?
- Undisciplined defense, including question marks on why Al Horford was drawing so much gravity with off-ball stunts along with a rant about closeouts, gambling, and more
Still very perplexed by how much gravity Horford was drawing last night, whether via off-ball stunts, hard closeouts, or staying attached to him ball-side.— Caitlin Cooper (@C2_Cooper) January 13, 2022
Would've preferred sliding over against the Jays at the rim & living with the recovery angles out of the hedges on the pop. pic.twitter.com/2W2uz2jcg3
Another head-scratching dynamic on defense: LeVert stunting at Rob Williams as the release valve like an elite shooter to gamble for a steal but also not being bothered enough to closeout his own man on back-to-back threes.— Caitlin Cooper (@C2_Cooper) January 13, 2022
So many undisciplined moments from him last night. pic.twitter.com/7QcYmK6nNj
- Looking forward to the trade deadline as a silver lining
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